Indianapolis ready for snowy New Year's Eve
A big night ahead for all the people planning to ring in the New Year by attending parties. It could also be a slick night out on the roads with Central Indiana forecast to get up to a couple of inches of snow.
So far, though, the weather doesn't seem to be deterring revelers. Long before the flurries began flying, the downtown Hyatt was getting ready for its annual New Year's eve bash. The party, which sold out at 2,000 people, is the biggest in the city.
It includes four bands, two DJ's, and a casino night culminating with the big balloon drop of 20,000 balloons at midnight.
Amy Dorbin, in from Kalamazoo to attend the party, said weather was not an issue for her at all.
"Here you don't have to go out. It's all here; the bands, the drinks. You have a safe place to stay and don't have to drive," she said.
While the Hyatt is sold out of all its rooms, general manager Brian Comes said they were working with other hotels to insure that anyone not wanting to drive home would have options.
"If anyone wants accommodations in the city, we will refer them to a local hotel and that way they can make a quick walk back to the hotel for the night [after the party is over,]" he said.
The city's Department of Public Works, meantime, had assigned 90 drivers to work 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. salting roads and clearing snow, with another 12-hour shift coming on at 11 p.m..
DPW Spokeswoman Lesley Malone said, "We do anticipate an increase in traffic due to the holiday, but the drivers are prepared and know how to maneuver around people so we really just ask drivers to be aware and give them room to salt."
Despite the snow, cabbies were still counting on Tuesday night to be one of their busiest nights of the year.
Munawar Paul said, "When it's the new year, a lot of people, they don't care about the weather. They like to go out and enjoy with drinking and fun."
Several places including the Hyatt arranged to have extra cabs available starting at midnight. The Hyatt had also arranged for $10 vouchers toward cab rides home.
Don't drink and drive. There are alternatives to help you get home safely.
The city's three taxi companies will be accepting $10 vouchers from bar hoppers and party-goers in need of a ride home after New Year's Eve celebrations. IU Health is funding 250 vouchers that will provide discounted rides with e2 Taxi, Yellow Cab and Red Tire Taxi. Vouchers were doled out Thursday and Friday to e2 and its long-standing partner in a New Year's voucher program, MillerCoors. Both companies will be out distributing vouchers downtown, as well as putting them in the hands of bartenders and employees at select liquors stores, including Big Red. Each voucher will allow for up to $10 toward a taxi ride between 11 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, but bartenders can start handing them out before that time frame. Customers can also share a ride and combine their vouchers, but they will not receive change.
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Stewart & Stewart is hosting a Safe and Sober program this New Year's Eve by covering the first $20 of your cab ride home.
The program will be held from 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, and will be available in the downtown Indianapolis area, Broad Ripple area, and additional locations where participating cab companies service.
To get your ride home, simply sign up for and print a voucher. When you're ready to go home, look for a AAA-Hoosier cab (888-8888) or Broad Ripple Village Taxi cab (487-6666) and give them your voucher.
Please keep in mind:
- When signing up for your voucher, you must include your name, valid email address, and how many passengers will be in the vehicle.
- Due to the high volume of rides on New Year's Eve, these cab companies can't guarantee rides home for everyone—but they'll try their best to accommodate all requests.
- Rides will only be provided from a bar or restaurant to a residence or hotel—not to other drinking locations. Reservations will not be accepted.
- Several passengers can share a cab ride home, but no more persons are allowed than the number of seatbelts in a cab. Standard extra passenger fees may apply per taxi company policy.
- Remember, we'll cover the first $20 of your ride home, but you're responsible for any costs that exceed this amount.